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Hi I'm Don Leavitt

I'm Utah born and raised. I'm an engineer, a rose-smeller, a tree hugger, a husband, a father and grandfather. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my sweetheart 36 years ago – she has been my best friend, my partner, and my love ever since. We have been blessed to raise seven wonderful children and currently have seven beautiful grandchildren. I love to go hiking in the mountains and desert canyons. Everywhere I see the remarkable beauty and creativity of an incredibly masterful genius artist and designer. I love hearing songbirds and crickets. The fragrances, colors and forms of the flowers in my garden and in the wild thrill me. The snow-capped mountains, canyons, rivers and waterfalls, breath-taking vistas from mountain peaks and desert mesas create feelings of deep reverence. I note the wonderful vast diversity of plant and animal life: butterflies, amazingly patterned reptiles, all varieties of birds, the majesty of the large animals, flowers, shrubs, and trees of virtually countless varieties. I'm an amateur gardener. I love to pick tree-ripened peaches and apples from our trees, to harvest our black walnuts and hazelnuts, and to smell our lilacs and irises. I'm a process engineer. My work involves using the understanding of chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics, and other physical processes to design systems for producing specific materials to meet desired specifications. I believe this training has certainly helped me appreciate in a small way the ultimate genius of design that has gone into the very existence of the universe, the earth, all life on the earth, and mankind in particular.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Utah born and raised. My ancestors include both original Mormon pioneers who fled from the persecutions in Nauvoo, as well as later converts to Mormonism who came west from Great Britain, Switzerland, and Pennsylvania. I have been a member of the LDS Church since I was baptized as an eight-year old. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that our Father in Heaven is real. His hand is evident in everything I see in the natural world, as well as in the lives of good men and women everywhere. Through the experience of being a father and grandfather I know in a small way how very dear we all are to our Father in Heaven. There are so many evidences of the divinity of the Restored Gospel. One is the Book of Mormon. I have read this book many times since my teenage years. I continue to read and study it to this day. The Book of Mormon bears strong and unmistakable testimony of the reality and divinity of Jesus Christ and his redeeming Atonement for all mankind. It invites all people to come to Christ and accept him as their Redeemer and Savior. It is all about Christ and his divine purpose in Heavenly Father's eternal plan for his children. Another evidence is the continuing demonstration of love that sincere members of the Church show to one another, as well as those not of their faith. The Savior himself said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35) But it is the witness from the Holy Ghost that is by far the most important reason that I am a Mormon. I believe the greatest revelation anyone can receive is the knowledge that God is real; that he is indeed our Heavenly Father; that he knows and loves each one of us personally, intimately, and infinitely; and that through the Atonement of his son Jesus Christ each one of us can be healed of all pain and be brought back to live in the presence of Heavenly Father and our Savior under the conditions of unimaginable love and joy with our loved ones.

How I live my faith

One of the most precious insites that Heavenly Father has given me is an understanding of how much he loves every person on this earth today, as well as all those who ever have lived here and who ever will live here. I associate with wonderful people of many races, cultures, and faiths. I feel it a great honor and blessing that they include me in their circle of friendship. My life has been blessed greatly by them. I know our Father in Heaven and our Savior love them every bit as dearly as they love me. I find great comfort and strength in following the invitation of the Savior to learn of him and follow him. The wonderful doctrines of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, as presented in revelations given to modern prophets of God are glorious and uplifting. It is all about loving our Father in Heaven and our Savior, as well as well as loving our fellow men. It provides opportunities of service and of learning of eternal perspectives on our lives. My hope is that people will put aside prejudice and give the message of the Restoration sincere consideration. With all my heart I invite anyone who reads my words to sincerely read and re-read the Book of Mormon and ponder its message. Over time it will change your life in the most positive and wonderful way. It will bring peace and joy into your life. It will develop within your heart a sweet, lasting love and gratitude for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Bring all the good you have found in your life and come and add it to the wonderful revealed truths of Christ's restored Gospel. Among our most cherished beliefs are these “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Article of Faith 13

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Don Leavitt
Everywhere I look I see the remarkable beauty and creativity of a master artist. Songbirds during the day and crickets at night sing and play such beautiful music. The fragrance, color and form of ornamental flowers in my garden and wild flowers out in nature are thrilling. The snow-capped mountains, wooded canyons, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and breath-taking vistas from mountain peaks and desert mesas evoke profound feelings of reverence. I see the vast diversity of life in this world from the barely visible winged insects to the grandeur of the elephants and whales. The diversity of flowers and trees is no less amazing and beautiful. Scientists have observed the remarkable and unusual circumstances that allow life to exist on Earth – a stable Sun and the Earth’s distance from the Sun, the tilt of the Earth’s axis, the Moon that creates the tides and plate tectonics, the water, and the atmosphere. Some physicists are amazed that particles were even created in the first place that could form the elements that make up this earth and everything else in space. One element in particular – carbon – has the unique properties that allow the formation of DNA, proteins, and other complex molecules. These molecules have the depth of configurational complexity and ease of alteration that allow them to store and transfer the blueprints of life and provide the structures that enable the very existence of all life. Everywhere I look I see the evidence of a truly masterful designer. Show more Show less